Bringing all that jazz

Biill McEwan & Jason Lee
Biill McEwan & Jason Lee

A music promoter is bringing a series of live jazz music events to Daventry Town Football Club.

Bill McEwan, who has lived in the town for the past 45 years, has set up Live Jazz Promotions with a view to running regular music events in the town.

And the first will be on Friday, September 20 at the town’s football club with a performance from Chris Pearce Frenchman’s Street Jazz Band.

Talking about the event, Bill said: “I have always thought that in terms of live music, this is a bit of a barren area. Now I am coming to semi-retirement it will be easier to do something about this.

“My primary reason is that I was looking at somewhere safe and affordable for an older generation to come along to on a Friday night. I thought jazz is something that would appeal to that market, although we are not going to turn anyone of a younger generation away.”

He admits that organising the music might is a gamble but one that he hopes will pay off in the long run.

Bill said: “We have organised the first three events as an exercise to see how it will go. I won’t know how successful it is until the people come through the door. For now, we really want to get the word out there.

“I would hope and think there is an appetite out there for something like this simply because there is nothing else like it in Daventry.

“In the future, I would like to hold different genres of music, so that maybe it is jazz once a month, and then maybe a rhythm and blues night, and then a mod night. However, that is a long way into the future.”

“We have had a lot of support from the club in promoting the events. It is the perfect venue in that it’s a good size, with plenty of car parking and disabled access.”

Further jazz events will take place on October 11 and November 29.

Entrance price for the first gig is £10 and can be bought on the door. Doors will be open from 7.30pm.

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